CRICKET: Grantham CC get off to best of starts in season opener

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ECB Premier League

Grantham 180-9

Skegness 141-9

Grantham travelled to Skegness for their first league fixture of the season and, following on from last week’s success, captain Rohan Nurse had no hesitation in electing to bat when the coin came down in his favour.

Things did not start well for the away team though and Stewart Mudie was dismissed in the first over of the day. Wickets fell regularly from that point, until Josh Mihill (27) and Jamie Brumby (40) combined for a partnership just shy of 50.

Tidy seam bowling was the order of the day from Skegness, with Umar Farooq (4-31) the pick of the bowlers, providing control to the home side. An eventual target of 180 was about par for the day and Grantham were optimistic going in to tea.

Grantham’s reply started well with twice-retired Simon Oakes (2-29) bowling tight lines and piling the pressure on Skegness’s opening batsman. The old cliché “one brings two” was never truer with 8-1 quickly turning in to 21-4.

Wymanga Perera (35) and Brendan Young (50) combined to take the wind out of Grantham’s sails but, when Neil Stevenson claimed his first wicket of the season, momentum shifted to Grantham once again.

In the end, despite Joe Peck’s mammoth efforts (3-35), Grantham could not secure the final wicket and those all-important bonus points.

However, it was a positive and encouraging start for the league newcomers who travel to Grimsby this weekend.

South Lincs & Border League

Division One

Skegness 2nd 144

Grantham 3rd 145-7

With the season starting at home for Grantham, a new look 3rd team was chosen for the game against Skegness 2nd.

Grantham lost the toss and were put in to field, getting off to a good start with the first wicket falling for just seven runs.

Wickets continued to fall, however Richie Hewitt (25) and Ashley Redgard (27no) did provide slight resistance.

Adam Parker (2-26) bowled exceptionally well with the ball, old and new, Danny Ashley (4-17) dismissed the top three, and Adrian Wing (2-27) took the last wicket with an excellent catch and bowl. Jake Unsworth and Rahul Kumar took a wicket apiece.

With Grantham chasing a below par score of 144, the batsmen needed little effort to chase the score down inside 31 overs.

Martin Parmley (28) hit some excellent off drives and was ably supported by Danny Bates (86no) who made the pitch look like a batsman’s dream, scoring his runs off just 72 balls.

Bates and Max Everett (16no) were able to see the chase down with little effort.

The town club’s third string travel away to Lindum this weekend in a highly anticipated match which will see Grantham field four teams for the first time on Saturday.